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In addition to creating fears in England of clerical domination of elderships and classes, the perceived paucity of socially respectable ruling-elder candidates at the parish level also led to fears that baseborn men might be put in a position to judge their social and intellectual betters.
Bailey's beautifully enunciated, pleasantly pitched, expressive and elegant voice is perfectly suited to this huge biography of a relatively little-known but intriguing figure in English history: baseborn Perkin Warbeck or Richard Plantagenet, one of the two little princes incarcerated in the Tower of London and presumably murdered by Richard III.
Despite all these negatives, it is a revelation to see, 50 years later, how many people cherish these baseborn books.